Frederick Lee Tathwell age 74 years passed away on October 24, 2018. Fred was born in Charlotte on November 17, 1943, a son of the late Fred H. Tathwell, Jr. And Grace Downs Tathwell.
A graduate of Myers Park High School, Fred enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned to the Pentagon. During the Bay of Pigs crisis, he served as a courier delivering top secret memos to those deciding what the response should be to this very tense situation. After the Navy, Fred earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He relocated to Washington, D.C., and joined the United States Department of Energy. As a member of the Congressional Relations team, he was liaison to Congress until his retirement. In this role, he helped those in Congress understand, appreciate and finally approve legislation supporting science and the environment. He had a special interest in getting U.S. support for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Included in his many interests were bicycling, the Baltimore Orioles, flying, sky diving, Tarheel basketball and most of all, sailing "Kikuyu," his beloved Hallberg-Rassy blue water sailboat. Often in late autumn, he would volunteer to crew on a sailboat headed to his favorite eco-friendly camp on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He retired to Shady Side, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay.
Fred is survived by brother Stuart D. Tathwell and wife Sally, sisters Sallye Richards and husband Channing and Gwynne Whitley and husband Craig, nieces Erin Burnsed and Stuart Pfeifer and nephews Channing L. Richards and Craig Alan Whitley, Jr.
The family will celebrate Fred's life in a private service. Donations to the Chesapeake Bay Trust at cbtrust.org in honor of Fred would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be sent to www.coleandgarrett.com.